Undefeated Shrewsbury take sizzling form to struggling Plymouth

By Josh Chittenden

Paul Hurst and his unbeaten Shrewsbury side travel to rock-bottom Plymouth as they look to extend their lead at the top of the league.

New signing Toumani Diagouraga could make his league debut for the Pilgrims after arriving on a free transfer, having left Championship side Leeds United by mutual consent in August.

Derek Adams has sighted injuries and suspension trouble for his side’s poor start to the season.

“We’ve got to get injuries and suspensions back,” said Adams. “We’ve had seven or eight today, and that takes its toll at the club. We haven’t really been able to have our best team on the pitch this season.”

Grant, Lameiras and Ciftci are all pushing for starts after impressing for the under-23 side in a midweek win against MK Dons.

Shrewsbury boss Hurst has no fresh injury concerns and could name an unchanged side to the one which lined up against Walsall.

Hurst has been reflecting on his side’s remarkable start to the season, after picking up the manager of the month award for September.

“It’s the first award that I’ve had as a Football League Manager, but ultimately it’s the players’ efforts, along with the staff in the background that contribute to me as the manger getting the reward. It’s a big thank to them for their efforts, not only this month, but the season so far and hopefully we can continue that.”

Plymouth edge the head-to-head record, winning 15, drawing 18 and losing 14. Shrewsbury’s last victory against Plymouth came way back in 2002 and have lost the last three meetings.

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